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stupid balljoint question

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 90K5, Jan 25, 2001.

  1. 90K5

    90K5 1/2 ton status

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    I'm going to do these, but it may be a while, but...do I have to take the steering arm off to change them?

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    No they will clear the steering arm, but just barely. If it does by chance hit then you should use a die grinder to clearance just enought to get it off. The steering arm is too difficult to remove. Also make sure you buy Moog ball joints and not Napa joints. With the Napa joints you will have to pull the axle to grease the top ball joint with Moog you will not. In Denver Car quest carries Moog so if you have a car quest in your area then that would be the place to buy.

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    Thanks Butch...I bought the balljoints a while ago, but they are Moog, got them at O'Reilly. I do need to change the steering arm though, maybe this will be a good time to do it...

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    yes i agree the moog parts are more maintance friendly. I dont know if the style has changed but my 76 has to have a special socket to tighten the upper joint (so the knuckle moves at 25 lbs) as it shows in the service book. i didn't do this the first time and it wasn't long before i was replacing them again.

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    Hey Big Jim. For that special tool, you just have to proficient at using a hammer and punch to set that pre load. I am either too cheap or too lazy to buy that tool, so I end up using a punch to turn the insert with and set the proper load.

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    What is the preload, and how do you set it?

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    Actually you can buy a cheap 6 point 3/4" socket 1/2" drive and grind it down to fit the adjusting sleeve and it works great. To adjust the preload, tighten the upper nut hand tight, then torque the lower joint nut to specified torque. Then remove the upper nut and torque the adjusting sleeve to it's specified torque setting. Reinstall the top nut and torque and you should be home.
     
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    Adjusting sleeve is 50ft lbs. You can buy the tool from napa for about 18.00. I have the part # if needed. I would change steering arm at that time also.
     

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